Beyond the Playhouse | Far Hills Speaker Series

  Dates & times
  • Sun, 02/18/2024 - 2:00pm
  Category Local Interest
  Age Groups Adult


February 18, 2024 Local History Event about Mound Labs Mission in Space

Start time: 2:00 PM – Duration: 1 hour

Location: Wright Library’s Community Room, or watch online

Community Room seating capacity is 80. Please arrive early to ensure your seat. If you cannot attend in person, please request the virtual link.


Local expert discusses the Dayton Project in the founding of the Mound Laboratory 

Who knew that what started with Polonium in the Playhouse, better known as the Dayton Project, would give Oakwood a key role in the United States missions to Mars and beyond? 

Doug Gabriel’s talk will address the role of the Dayton Project in the founding of Mound Laboratory, the invention of the enabling technology for deep space exploration, the evolution of the missions and Mounds-related capabilities. Doug will end the presentation by discussing the transition of the Mound’s work to Idaho National Laboratory and a brief look at current and future missions all brought to us courtesy of the Dayton Project and Mound Labs.

Picture of aerial view looking southeast over the Mound Laboratories

About the Presenter

Picture of engineer Douglas Gabriel from Mound LaboratoryDoug Gabriel was a thirty year employee at the Mound Laboratory. He started as a Quality Control engineer and retired as the Manager of Operations for the Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator Program. He worked in that program arena for twenty years. He is currently the President of the Board of Directors for the Mound Science and Energy Museum Association. He has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Dayton.


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